Get Those Guys Reading!: Fiction and Series Books that Boys Will Love

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In Get Those Guys Reading!: Fiction and Series Books that Boys Will Love, authors Kathleen A. Baxter and Marcia A. Kochel provide compelling and current reading suggestions for younger boys—information that educators, librarians, and parents alike are desperate for.

Comprising titles that are almost all well-reviewed in at least one major professional journal, or that are such big hits with kids that they've received the "stamp of approval" from the most important reviewers, ...

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Overview

In Get Those Guys Reading!: Fiction and Series Books that Boys Will Love, authors Kathleen A. Baxter and Marcia A. Kochel provide compelling and current reading suggestions for younger boys—information that educators, librarians, and parents alike are desperate for.

Comprising titles that are almost all well-reviewed in at least one major professional journal, or that are such big hits with kids that they've received the "stamp of approval" from the most important reviewers, this book will be invaluable to anyone whose goal is to help boys develop a healthy enthusiasm for reading. It includes chapters on adventure books; animal stories; graphic novels; historical fiction; humorous books; mystery, horror, and suspense titles; science fiction and fantasy; and sports novels. Within each chapter, the selections are further divided into books for younger readers (grades 3–6) and titles for older boys in grades 5–8. Elementary and middle school librarians and teachers, public librarians, Title One teachers, and parents of boys in grades 3–9 will all benefit greatly from having this book at hand.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The authors demonstrate a keen understanding of their target audience; this well-organized and easy-to-use compilation will be indispensable to engaging boy readers."

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School Library Journal

"Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you wonder how you ever did your job without it. For school- and youth-services librarians, this may be just such a book. It's packed with hundreds of titles that will appeal to boys. The authors are seasoned professionals with decades of experience in the library trenches. . . . [T]his resource is highly recommended for public and school libraries—parents of boys may also be interested—so a copy for circulation should be considered."

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Booklist, Starred Review

"It is an important and timely topic since research has shown that American boys have consistently scored worse than girls in reading tests for the past three decades. . . . Useful for readers' advisory, collection development, titles for a display, or simply as a place to turn for ideas, this book will assist all."

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School Library Journal
Baxter and Kochel group the books into nine subject areas, from sports to historical fiction. Each chapter is then subdivided by readers' ages: younger guys (grades 3 and 4) and older guys (grades 5 to 12). Lastly, within each age grouping, titles are arranged by the authors' last name. Series titles are boldfaced and italicized to stand apart from individual titles. All entries include brief summaries; the authors clearly distinguish between synopses they have written and Library of Congress descriptions. Each chapter also features at least one "Author Spotlight," a brief profile of a well-known author and a personal "boy book" recommendations, old and new. Baxter and Kochel include a short list of their favorite "can't miss" fiction for boys in grades three to five and in middle school. Unlike their "Gotcha" series (Libraries Unlimited), where each entry focuses on the titles published over a narrow span of years, this volume emphasizes recent releases but includes many titles with lasting boy appeal, dating as far back as Jean George's My Side of the Mountain (Puffin, 1959). The authors demonstrate a keen understanding of their target audience; this well-organized and easy-to-use compilation will be indispensable in engaging boy readers.—M. Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598848465
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Sucks

    This book series sucks

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    I am a teacher working toward my Masters in Library Media. This

    I am a teacher working toward my Masters in Library Media. This book is great resource for teachers and library media specialist that are in search of book of interest to  boys. 

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